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Ha-seong Kim (27, San Diego Padres) stock price is skyrocketing. He gives strong pride to domestic baseball fans with eye-catching performances every day. 

Ha-seong Kim started as the first hitter and second baseman in an away game against the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) Detroit Tigers held at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, USA on the 23rd (Korean time), and scored 3 hits in 4 at-bats (1 home run), 2 walks, 1 RBI, and 2 runs, leading his team to a 14-3 victory. His personal batting average increased from 0.262 to 0.268. 

He alternately set the record for the most home runs and the most runs in a single game. Ha-seong Kim got a walk from starting pitcher Matt Manning in the first inning. In the third at-bat in the beginning of the 4th inning, with the team leading 4-3, 2 out on 1st base led the runner to 3rd base with a heavy hit against the changed pitcher Mason Inglert. He contributed to the timely hit of follow-up hitter Fernando Tatis Jr. 

In the 5th inning leading 8-3, Kim Ha-seong, who completed the ‘3rd on base’ game by getting the 2nd walk in this game, attacked opponent pitcher Chason Shreve’s 145km/h fastball (fastball) in the 5th at-bat in the beginning of the 7th inning, with no runners on the 2nd, and hit a long hit that made it possible to feel a home run. 

This home run is a new MLB record for the most home runs in a season by Kim Ha-sung. Last season (2022) exceeded 11. Ha-seong Kim hit a home run in the top of the second inning against Detroit the day before (22), but was caught by opponent left fielder Akil Badu’s jump catch and had one home run stolen. However, he comforted himself by hitting his 14th double of the season in the 6th at bat. And he eventually hit the 12th home run against Shreeve, who hit a double. 

Ha-seong Kim went to bat again in the beginning of the 9th inning as San Diego’s batting line exploded, and in a situation where there was no runner, he hit cleanly and recorded ‘3 hits’ in 7 games following the game against Philadelphia on the 16th. 5 on base including a walk. He also rewrote the record for the most runs in an individual game. 

Kim Ha-seong was the representative shortstop of the KBO League. He increased his value as an infielder with slugging power and quick feet. His offensive power was so good that his top-notch defensive power did not go unnoticed. 

In his first season in the MLB (2021), Ha-seong Kim struggled to adapt to the fast ball and only had a batting average of 0.202, 8 homers and 34 RBIs. However, he showed competitiveness by taking on backup second baseman, shortstop, and third baseman, and last season (2022), he filled the spot in place of the main shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who left due to injury and discipline, proving his solid yet brilliant defense and even rose to the final candidate (three) for the National League (NL) Gold Glove. 

Ha-seong Kim showed fantastic defense twice against the Los Angeles Angels on the 5th. When the ball was deflected after being hit by first baseman Jake Cronenworth’s glove at the top of the 4th inning with 2nd out and 1st base, he attempted a catch with his bare hands in reverse action. aka barehand. He didn’t catch the ball in one shot, but immediately caught runner Mike Moustakas with a follow-up move. In the top of the 9th inning, when closer Josh Hader was in danger of the bases loaded with two outs, Taylor Ward’s hit ball that was hit and spinning was caught with quickness, and he got an outcount by a short shot. 

Ha-seong Kim seems to have finished adapting to the big leagues this season as well. His monthly batting average continues to climb. He had a batting average of just 0.177 in the month of April, but rose to 0.276 in May and marked 0.291 in June. He also broke the most individual home runs (4) per month. There is still one more week left in July, but he has a batting average of 0.308 and 3 home runs. 

The Union-Tribune, a local media in San Diego, sharply criticized the team’s performance, which fell to 4th place (48 wins, 51 losses) in the district (National League West), but praised Ha-seong Kim as the only player who did not disappoint this season. Saber matrix defense/attack indicators, win contribution ratio (WAR) compared to substitute players were all mentioned. He also evaluated that he had grown from a bench member to the team’s most outstanding player. Neither Manny March, a pillar of the batting line, nor Blake Snell, the mound ace, hide their affection for Kim Ha-seong. 

As of the 23rd, Kim Ha-seong is ranked 4th in the team in home runs (12) and 4th in slugging percentage (0.428). This is a better performance than starting shortstop Xander Bogarts (11 home runs, 0.401 slugging percentage), which he signed last winter for a total of 280 million dollars (approximately 360 billion won). 

A second baseman with relatively better batting abilities than a shortstop. Ha-seong Kim is tied for ninth in home runs and 11th in slugging percentage among league starters. The batting average is also 11th. 

He is a player who receives an astronomical ransom ($ 175 million, about 206 billion won) like Marcus Semien (Texas Rangers). Brandon Drury (LA Angels) and Whit Merrifield (Toronto Blue Jays) are also seasoned veterans. Nico Horner is the next Chicago Cubs leader, and Luis Areez is the current batting average leader. Azi Albis leads the Atlanta Braves batting line along with Ronald Acuna Jr. and Austin Riley. 메이저사이트

If you are a domestic MLB fan, most of the players you know well and Kim Ha-seong are shoulder to shoulder. At this pace, the possibility of achieving 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases is very high. Only two more bases need to be stolen, and home runs can be expected to hit. Shin- Soo Choo Shin

-soo Choo, who played only in the big leagues for 16 seasons, achieved 20 home runs and 20 steals only in his 5th season (2009) of his debut. Choo Shin-soo did not receive even 500,000 dollars until the 2010 season due to service time. Ha-sung Kim’s contract is until 2024. If the current growth trend continues and competitiveness is maintained, Kim Ha-seong can expect a contract comparable to Choo Shin-soo. If it is Kim Ha-seong in June-July, it seems possible.